In a recent press conference ahead of his T20I debut against England, Pakistan’s highly skilled left-handed batsman Shan Masood talked about how he will give his utmost best to the game, despite there being some obvious challenges.

“It’s the desire of every cricketer to play for his country. The best thing is that this year I have played around 36 T20 games. Having played so many matches and scored runs in them, I will try to carry the good things whether they were in the PSL or Vitality Blast into international cricket. I will also try to rectify my flaws and to play according to the team’s requirement,” he said.

When inquired about how much the sequence matters in a game, and how players are known to complain about not getting to play the number they serve best at, Masood shared how his perspective revolved around the team, and that he was good with any slot that serves the best interest of the team.

“Sometimes due to high competitiveness you face issues in getting a place in the team. I always keep myself flexible. When I was skipper of Multan, I started playing at No. 3 which I had never done before. This year I brought myself down to No. 4 in the national T20. In county one-day matches too I came down to No. 3. I will try to play according to the situation and requirement of the team,” he said.

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He also mentioned how the sequence or other factors don’t matter when it comes to messing up, it’s the player’s own fault. “I just think you try to do your best when you get your opportunity and if you can’t perform, only you are to be blamed. No one else. I will not blame anyone if I can’t make a successful comeback. I can only do my best but the result is not in my hands,” he said.

“As an athlete, you can never put blame on anyone for your failure. It is all about you,” he added.

The player also praised England’s white-ball team, calling it one of the best in the world. He also felt that the upcoming series would serve as a great preparation for Pakistan ahead of the T20 World Cup.


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